Enrique Limón named Editor in Chief of Chicago Reader

Enrique Limon stands on a rooftop wearing a baseball cap, a pencil tucked behind his ear, a black shirt and tie, and camouflage pants
Credit: Steve Conlin

Longtime journalist and editor Enrique Limón has been named editor in chief of the Chicago Reader, the city’s 51-year-old alternative newspaper, after a national search. Limón will start October 3. 

“For half a century, the Reader has punched above its weight and has set a standard across the alt industry and beyond,” Limón said. “It’s my distinct pleasure to join such a storied newsroom and to work alongside its fearless and forward-thinking staff to sow the seeds for what the next 50 years will look like.” 

“We are so excited to have Limón join the Reader as its EIC,” said publisher Tracy Baim. “His experience at alternative media across the country will provide a great foundation to lead the Reader team. We have built a solid nonprofit newsroom, and he will provide new energy and ideas to take the Reader to its next phase. As an openly queer, multilingual journalist and editor, I know Limón will contribute important new ideas into both Chicago’s journalism community and the Reader.”

Limón will work with managing editor Salem Collo-Julin and the Reader’s editorial section editors to continue the outlet’s award-winning, storied legacy in the Chicago area. “When our staff interviewed Enrique, they were impressed with his alt media background,” Collo-Julin said. “We are looking forward to partnering with him.”